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Israeli couscous

  • m

Anyone know restaurants or grocery stores serving Israeli couscous?...got a craving for experimenting with it, but haven't been able to find any for sale, so now just need to eat some

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  1. m
    Maria Los Nachos

    Whole Foods carries it in the prepared foods section (at least at the 3rd and Fairfax location). I like it, but have nothing to compare it to.

    1. Lucques serves it on occasion. Surfas carries it.

      1. I actually just bought some today. I have had good luck finding it in Armenian neighborhoods. Bought it today at the Vons on Los Feliz Blvd. at San Fernando. You can get packets of it much cheaper than if you go to a gourmet shop.

        That said, I've seen it at Surfa's and Say Cheese in Silverlake.

        1. Trader Joe's carries it.

          1. Give this place a try
            Elat Market, 8730 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035, (310) 659-7070 ...

            1. thanks chowers - i'm on way...

              1. You can go to pretty much any Middle Eastern store to get moghrebiya (which means North African or Maghrebin in the Levant). They've been eating this for hundreds of years in the Levant.

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                1. re: Farid

                  The way the muslims make couscous in the Maghreb and the Jews made it there was a little different. I think the Jews used bigger round "berries" of couscous while the muslims used something closer to rice grains in size.

                  1. re: Jerome

                    Those round "berries" are also called berkoukes and they have been eaten by all groups in North Africa, regardless of relgious or ethnic background.

                    There are references to them in Medieval Arab cookbooks.

                    www.chefzadi.com (Algerian cuisine blog
                    )www.bookofrai.com (Covers cusine from different parts of the world and also Maghrebi cuisine in general)

                    1. re: Farid

                      Thanks Farid - those are excellent sites. Much appreciated.

                      1. re: Farid

                        thanks for the info. Certainly, they are popular in Israel as is Maghrebi cooking in general.

                  2. Grower's Direct and now... Trader Joe's. First had it at Zov's about 3 years ago & LOVED it!!! I've found cooking it in a boullion or soup stock & sauteeing some garlic/onions/shallots, etc to toss in helps a lot.

                    1. Surfas in Culver City sells big bags of it.

                      1. Nature Mart on Hillhurst in Los Feliz sells it in bulk for $2.59 a pound.